Laurel Glen Vineyard

My love for intense, structured Cabernets lead me to a great Cabernet find in Glenn Ellen, California. Laurel Glen Vineyard is a Cabernet house of Sonoma Mountain Cabernets. Their Cabernet vineyards sit a thousand feet up in the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. This high altitude and rocky soil have proven to be the ideal location for their mountain Cabernet. 

Laurel Glen's Cabernet Vineyard was started back in the 1970's by Sonoma wine pioneer Patrick Campbell. Patrick Campbell has since sold off the winery and vineyards to a group of partners, which is led by Bettina Sichel. Bettina comes from a family that has been in the wine buisness for generations. They have recently remodeled their tasting room in Glen Ellen to a modern, chic wine country experience.

I was lucky enough to taste a line up of their Cabernet's that afternoon that aged from 2003-2011. All bottles were so different yet all were stunning!

I wanted to blog their most current release of Estate Cabernet, signed by the winemaker Randall Watkins.

Laurel Glen
2011 Sonoma Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon
$65.00 a bottle

A beautiful mountain Cabernet! Laurel Glen's Sonoma mountain fruit is so full of structure and earthiness, making this an amazing bottle. This 2011 Cabernet has aromas of dark fruits and harvest spices. On the palate, tasting blackberries, granite and earth with tantalizing spice in the finish. Besides Cabernet, Laurel Glen also makes an old vine field blend Rose, from vineyards planted in the 1880's. Their tasting room is open daily 11-4pm. With a reservation, they offer a library wine & chocolate tasting.